Gov. Scott: The Tampa Bay Area Added 32,900 Jobs Over the Year in January 2015

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added 32,900 new jobs in January 2015 compared to a year ago. The unemployment rate in the Tampa metro area declined by 0.8 percentage point over the year, from 6.5 percent in January 2014 to 5.7 percent in January 2015. Florida businesses have added more than 801,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010.

Governor Scott said, “We are proud to announce that across the state, Florida private-sector businesses have created more than 801,000 jobs since December 2010. This includes 32,900 new jobs over the year for Tampa area families. We are creating more jobs for families faster than we ever expected, but we will keep working everyday to make Florida the global destination for jobs.”

The industries with the largest gain in jobs over the year the metro area were in trade, transportation, and utilities with 9,500 new jobs and education and health services with 6,800 new jobs. The Tampa Bay MSA was first among the state metro areas in online job demand in January 2015 with 40,653 openings. The metro area was also first in the state in demand for high wage, high skill science technology engineering math (STEM) occupations with 12,525 openings In January.

Every March, the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases revised historical employment (jobs) and unemployment rates based on a benchmarking process to adjust the data. These benchmark revisions are mandated by BLS and take place this time every year in every state. This process introduces new population inputs from the most recent Census and other revisions to economic data which leads to changes in the original estimates.

Florida created 14,600 private-sector jobs in January 2015, and a total of 801,100 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate for January 2015 was 5.7 percent. In January, more than 35,500 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Central Florida, along with the state’s other 23 Regional Workforce Boards.

To view the January 2015 employment data visit


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